PSY-201: Final Paper Assignment

For our Final Paper Assignment, you will need to write about at least one major theory of development, one major theory of learning, and one major theory of motivation (there is a list of potential options on the next page).  In addition to an introduction and conclusion, your paper should contain two major sections: A TEACH section and an APPLICATION section (worth 10 points each; 20 points total). 

TEACH SECTION:  In the first part of your paper, you will teach me the three theories you selected by discussing the related terms, concepts, and relevant history.  Pretend that I know nothing about the theories, and therefore, you need to teach them to me by fully describing the related terms, concepts, and relevant history.  This can be considered the research part of your paper and will require you to seek out additional sources of information and to cite those sources appropriately.

APPLICATION SECTION:  In the second part of your paper, you must apply the theories you taught me to your own personal experiences.  In short, you should tell me stories that apply the terms and concepts from the theories you selected.  You can apply the information to your own past experience or hypothetical future scenarios.  This can be considered the reflection part of your paper and will require you to produce original examples of the psychological concepts in action.  YOU get to be the case study this time!  How have these theories of development, learning, and motivation affected you as a learner?  How will you actively make changes to how you approach learning (and/or teaching others)?  Tell the story of you, the developing learner, being sure to specifically reference how the theories you selected can help us understand your personal experiences.

Your paper MUST be typed, double-spaced, and contain A MINIMUM of 2,000 words (this equates to roughly eight double-spaced pages).  Your paper will be graded using the following rubric:

(0 to 3 points)
(4 to 6 points)
(7 to 8 points)
(9 to 10 points)

Absence or misunderstanding of terms, concepts, and theories
Minimal use and understanding of terms, concepts, and theories
Moderate use and understanding of terms, concepts, and theories
Complete use and understanding of terms, concepts, and theories

Absence or misunderstanding of how the material can be applied
Minimal understanding of how the material can be applied
Moderate understanding of how the material can be applied
understanding of how the material can be applied

Additionally, you will be graded two points on your basic writing mechanics, structural organization, and clarity of writing.  Altogether, this Final Paper Assignment is worth 22 points (i.e., 22% of your grade).

For the teach section, you should find at least three additional resources (one for each theory) to supplement your understanding (and therefore your teaching) of the theories you select.  Your paper will be submitted through Turn It In which will check it for instances of plagiarism, so PLEASE be sure to cite the source of all unoriginal information that you share.  You can use this Google Doc as a template for APA style. 

Here is a list of the major reasons students lose points on their Final Paper Assignment:
They plagiarize.  They do not cite their sources and therefore pass others ideas off as their own.
They overuse other authors exact words.  Even if cited, its hard for me to assess your understanding of the material if much of your paper is just a copy/pasting of others work.
They did not cover enough content.  Im expecting a MINIMUM of 2,000 words.  Students with perfect scores tend to submit papers that are around 2,500+ words.
They do not successfully teach the terms, concepts, and relevant history from the selected theories.  Theres too much general reflection of ideas without enough connection to the actual material.
They do not successfully apply the terms and concepts to their own experiences.  They simply fail to apply the terms and concepts that were taught in the first part of the paper.
They submit a paper that lacks structure and doesnt flow well.  Theres no formal introduction or conclusion, or the ideas are all over the place and dont follow a connected stream of thought.

I strongly recommend that you follow these steps in writing your paper: 1) Pick your theories, 2) Make an outline, 3) Write the teach section, 4) Write the application section, 5) Write your introduction and conclusion, 6) Proofread and revise, 7) PROOFREAD AND REVISE AGAIN, 8) Submit.

Heres a list of potential theories from each of the three sections:

Bronfenbrenners Bioecological Model, Eriksons Psychosocial Crises, Emotional Intelligence, Brain and Neural Development, Piaget and Vygotskys views
Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Social Learning, Information Processing (i.e., Memory), Metacognition, Problem Solving
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Expectancy-Value Theory, Goal Theory, Attribution Theory, Self-Efficacy Theory, Self-Worth Theory, Self-Determination Theory

This Final Paper Assignment is due by the end of the day on Monday, December 21.  You MUST upload either a Microsoft Word .docx or a .pdf file to ensure that the system can process your paper.  If working in Google Docs (or some other word processor), PLEASE be sure to download/save as a .docx or .pdf first.

please answer the following questions (one paraghraph for each)
1. What do you see as the major changes occurring in the Communications Infrastructure in the next 10 years What are some of the key potentials for business models, i.e., the way we do business, as a result of these changes?
2.What do you see as the major changes occurring in the Transportations Infrastructure in the next 10 years? What are some of the key potentials for business models, i.e., the way we do business, as a result of these changes?

For your assignment this week, you will complete an additional step on your selected topic for the final project. This week you will gather another five scholarly sources that relate to the behavioral aspects of your topic. Please note that the topic you selected will determine what questions you will address from the two options listed below.

Option A: If you have selected a brain-based disorder,
Describe the symptoms of the disorder and how those symptoms are related to the brain structures that are involved.
Option B: If you have selected a brain process,
Discuss how the brain processes information to reach the behavior in question.
The Behavioral Aspects: Final Project Part 2 paper

Must be three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Students name
Course name and number
Instructors name
Date submitted
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.),
Must use at least five scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view this Ashford University Library Quick n Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the Ashford University Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
Must document any information used from sources in APA Style
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style

Provide the following information about the selection instrument you choose:(Personality Characteristics Inventory)
Name of the instrument (and citation if appropriate)
What is it designed to measure
Validity and/or reliability statistics
Costs of use
How the instrument can be obtained
At least 3 job titles for which the instrument would be a good fit for selection
Please use APA 7th Format for references and citations. I have atatched the course text book. Page 506 to page 565 talks about personality assessments for selection. Please use other 3 references (journals)

write about how some of the information can be used to  find water on other planets. What type of telescopes and what forms of light are being used? What are the key pieces of information they are looking form (the signature clues that water is present)?

break down the paper into these following parts:
-An explanation of the electromagnetic spectrum and the relationship between frequency/energy/wavelength
-The types of telescopes that can be used to detect water and what makes them so special
-The characteristic readings that scientists are looking for.

must be 5-7 pages, not including the citations page. Double spaced.
A citations page is required and must contain at least two references from scientific journals.


YOU MUST HAVE CITATIONS WITHIN THE BODY OF THE TEXT (if you use a piece of information, you must say which of the references you obtained it from)

It is important that you adhere to APA guidelines (this cannot be stressed enough). These assignments will be graded not only on content and application, but also on grammar, structure, and plagiarism. Papers should be typed, LIMITED to 5 PAGES (not including a title page and bibliography), double-spaced, and use a 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Also, writing is an important skill that needs to be demonstrated in this course.

This is graduate-level writing.

For Paper 3, you need to answer the prompt below and fully respond to the question. You need to incorporate the sources provided as well as any other scholarly research that you find is relevant to the topic. All papers are due by the date and time listed in the course calendar.
    Haynie, D., & Osgood, D. (2005). Reconsidering Peers and Delinquency: How do Peers Matter?     Social Forces, 84(2), 1109-1130.
    Brauer, J. R., & Tittle, C. R. (2012). Social Learning Theory and Human Reinforcement.     Sociological Spectrum, 32, 157-177.
    Miller, H. V. (2010). If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too? Delinquent peers     and susceptibility to peer influence. Justice Quarterly, 27(4), 473-491.

Social Learning Theory
1.    Learning theories have observed extensive development over the past century, and Social Learning Theory has become recognized as one of the leading micro-level explanations for delinquent and/or criminal behavior. For this assignment, you are expected to do the following:
a.    Describe where Akers Social Learning Theory stems from (i.e., the historical background and authors), and discuss the main propositions associated with the Akers theory (hint you should refer to Sutherlands Differential Association Theory).
i.    Additionally, you are expected to specifically discuss what causes crime based on the theory, and you should identify and discuss the key concepts and causal process associated with the theoretical framework.
b.    You are also expected to discuss practical policy implications associated with the theoretical framework that are useful in reducing delinquent/criminal behavior.
c.    Finally, you are expected to draw from current empirical literature which has incorporated tests of the theory and provide a brief overview of the current status of social learning theory within the context of delinquent involvement.

“In about 4 pages, explain what the chapters were about, what happened, and why it was important.  The goal is not to analyze or talk about how you feel about it–just summarize it.  Shoot for a sentence of yours for every paragraph of the original.  USE YOUR OWN WORDS.

Refer to the Writing Summaries assignment attached.  It explains how to annotate as you read on the first page and what is expected of all summaries on the second page.

in the course of your summary, be sure to answer the following questions: Explain the concept of deliberate practice. What is the advantage of using deliberate practice? Why does the quality of time on task make a difference in the level of success one achieves?


Duckworth states, Interest is one source of passion. Purpose the intention to contribute to the well-being of others is another. The mature passions of gritty people depend on both (143). What evidence does Duckworth provide to support this claim? Do you agree with Duckworth? Why?”

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You are doing research on Paranoid Corp (PC).PC is a young, start up company.  Currently, PCs cost of goods sold is 95% of their sales (so they have a 5% gross margin). PC is expected to grow rapidly and they will not need a lot of capital investment to fuel that growth.  Given their low margin, most analysts believe that PC is overvalued but there is one analyst who thinks that PC is undervalued and has a much higher target price than other analysts.  Given the information given in the question, what is the analyst that has the much higher target price likely assuming and why is that assumption valid?

Please answer two questions.

a.  what is the assumption?

b. why is it valid?

Submit each case you will be using for your project, along with a summary of the case. The summary, at a minimum, must include the issue, the holding, and the lesson learned from each specific case. Global impact should also be included.

For example, if you are recruiting internationally, what potential legal issues does your employer need to be aware of to avoid potential disputes?